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Stephanie Mills says she should have married Michael Jackson to protect him from music industry influences.

Stephanie, 64, posted a photo of herself with Black Michael. The image is one of many photos taken of the friends together.

Stephanie captioned the image: "Michael and I should have married. I would have protected the beautiful one."

There were rumors that Stephanie had a crush on the late pop icon in the 1980s, but they were never romantically linked, according to insiders.

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Stephanie was 17 when she gained international fame for her electrifying performance as Dorothy in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Wiz from 1974 to 1979.

Stephanie's song "Home" from The Wiz soundtrack was a Number 1 U.S. R&B hit for her. The song was performed by Diana Ross in the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz.

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Even though Stephanie never got to first base with Michael, she did marry singer/dancer Jeffrey Daniel, of Shalamar and Soul Train fame.

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Jeffrey, pictured with Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons in 1982, is credited with teaching Michael Jackson the Moonwalk.

Stephanie and Jeffrey, 64, divorced in 1983 after three years of marriage.

Stephanie later married Dino Meminger: (1989–1991) and Michael Saunders (1993–2001). She has a son, Farad Mills, who was born with Down syndrome.
 

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Kelis released a music video for her new single "Midnight Snacks" - her first single since 2014.

The music video was directed by Adrienne Raquel (Travis Scott, Rihanna, Selena Gomez). The video premiered on Oct. 7 on BET Soul, BET Her and the Times Square Viacom billboard.

Somebody recently told Kelis that she always sings about food. "I was like, do I?" she laughed.

"I mean, obviously I do. It isn't intentional, but the idea is just that food is a very carnal thing. Everyone can relate to it. It's very human, it's sensual, it's something that you crave. And it's sexy."

According to Radio Facts,"Midnight Snacks" was recorded in a studio on a boat in London and produce by The FaNaTix (Nicki Minaj, Popcaan, Vybz Kartel).

Kelis said she was inspired to write "Midnight Snacks" after hearing the beat.

"I heard the beat, thought it was dope, and the first thing that came to mind was 'Midnight Snacks,'" said Kelis.

"The FaNaTix were like, what are you talking about? And I was like, it makes you feel like a midnight snack! And that was it," says Kelis, who added she may keep singing about food.

"It's funny to me, but I like the fact that you can take sex and food, and you can put these two things together, and they're totally interchangeable. I love that."

Kelis' husband, Mike Mora, 36, recently revealed his yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Kelis has not commented on her husband's cancer diagnosis.
 

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Joyner Lucas dropped a music video for his single "Your Heart", featuring rapper J. Cole, on Friday.

In the music video, which Joyner Lucas directed, the cheating rapper stands idly by while his vindictive ex-girlfriend breaks up all the expensive things he bought her.

The video opens with the ex-girlfriend cutting up his sneaker collection and pouring bleach on his clothes. Then she moves to the living room where she pours wine on his luxurious sofa, knifes the cushions, smashes his dining room table, and swings a bat at his computer monitor.

Through the destruction, Joyner raps:

    "I broke your heart, huh?"
    You knew I was a f--k nigga from the start, huh?
    You should've listened when they said I was a dog, huh?
    You should've listened to your head when you had thoughts, huh?"

In another scene, Joyner and J. Cole watch as the vengeful ex romps in the sack with another man.

J. Cole scolds Joyner:

    "You run your b-tch through the mud, you deserve that
    So you can feel it for yourself where it hurt at
    What goes around comes around, I know you heard that
    While you was creepin', tell me, did it not occur that
    There's niggas slidin' in the DMs every AM, every PM
    Used to be like automatic, she would curve that."

 

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Drake released the first visual off Certified Lover Boy for his track "Way 2 Sexy" featuring Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Future Hendrix.

In the video, directed by Dave Meyers, Drake portrays a plethora of "sexy" characters such as action hero Drambo (pictured above), a swashbuckler, a cologne spokesman, and a workout instructor.

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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard makes a cameo appearance in one scene with Drake, Thugga and Future wearing all white suits.

Drake released his 6th studio album, Certified Lover Boy, via OVO Sound/Republic Records on Friday, Sept. 3.

Fans immediately took to social media to share their reviews. The album drew comparisons to Kanye West's oft-delayed DONDA album, which dropped Sunday.

Check out the music video below.

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Lizzo insists Cardi B has "changed the game forever" for female artists in hip-hop.

The 33-year-old singer teamed-up with the "Bodak Yellow" rapper to record "Rumors" together.

Lizzo raps: "If you thought that I was ratched with my a** hanging out, just wait until the summer when they let me out the house B*TCH!"

Asked what she loves about working with Cardi, Lizzo explained: "Cardi B is the ultimate. She, to me, has always done it right.

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"Everything that she said, every way that she's reacted because you know why? It's because she was true to herself the whole time. She's a ground breaker. You can't deny her ability. She's a superstar.

"She has changed the game forever for a lot of us, a lot of women. I don't even think she realizes she's doing it because it's just like, I'm trying to just be successful. I'm trying to get this money. I want to live a happy life. She just follows her heart. That's what I love about her."

Lizzo says she was determined to work with Cardi, 28, as soon as the possibility arose.

She told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1:

"There was no one else for it. There was literally no one else. From the day the ink dried on her Atlantic contract, I said, 'Please get me on a song with Cardi B.' She's just funny. I like funny people and she can rap. You know what I'm saying?"

Lizzo also feels that working with Cardi makes her more "cool".

"I was a nerd. All the people back home in the SWAT and A Leaf who are going to see this music video, I'm in a music video with Cardi B. And I was walking through the hallways with sweaty hair, reading fantasy novels. A nerd, a geek, a band nerd. And I cried because I was like, what a full circle moment. I made it. I always wanted to be cool. You know what I'm saying?"

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LGBT+ groups say rapper DaBaby has gone too far with his offensive music video titled "Giving What It's Supposed to Give."

DaBaby directed the video himself because he couldn't find a director willing to take the heat.

The new video, released on Wednesday, July 28, appears to reference his controversial anti-ghey, anti-HIV rant at Rolling Loud festival in Miami on Sunday, July 25.

The 29-year-old Capricorn urged concertgoers who didn't have HIV or Aids or "any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks" to "put your cellphone light in the air".

He also urged men to raise their cellphone lights if they didn't give oral sex to other men in the parking lot.

His comments sparked backlash from stars including his "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa and gay rights activist Sir Elton John.

His upcoming concerts were canceled and BooHooMAN USA dropped him as a celebrity sponsor.

DaBaby has issued two apologies, asking LGBT+ members to give him the same freedom of expression that they expect.

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In his new music video, "Giving What It's Supposed to Give," the rapper holds up a sign that reads "AIDS" while being berated by two homosexual males. He lowers the sign, pulls out a gun and shoots both males.

In another scene, he is pleasured by a white woman in a kitchen while he raps, "That head is giving what it's supposed to give."

The video ends with the words "Don't Fight Hate With Hate" in rainbow colors, alongside: "My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."

The music video only angered LGBT+ activists, who argue that DaBaby is not remorseful or sorry for his behavior.

DaShawn Usher, GLAAD's Associate Director of Communities of Color, said in a statement:

"The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today... lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.

"While DaBaby has made haphazard attempts to 'apologize,' actions need to be taken for full accountability and changes to do better in the future. It further confirms what GLAAD reported last year in the State of HIV Stigma Study that stigma and misinformation around HIV is widespread, and there is much work to be done to educate the public, including entertainers."

LGBT+ groups have reached out to DaBaby to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

So far, the rapper has not responded.
 

CAUTION: This music video simulates graphic sex and violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

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On Wednesday, July 28, Lil Baby + Kirk Franklin unveiled the official music video to their #1 hit "We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" from Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack.

The music video (directed by Cam Robert) showcases scenes from Space Jam: A New Legacy. Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin join gospel singers who performed on the record.

"We Win" topped Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart, dated June 5.

The single, released on May 21, marks the first gospel song for the trap rapper, and Franklin's eighth chart topper.

"I'm humbled," 51-year-old Kirk Franklin told Billboard magazine.

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"We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" has garnered over 10 million streams and counting. The two recently performed the track for the first time at the BET Awards where they opened up the show with a full choir. See the full BET Awards performance here.

Watch the official music video below.
 

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Black Twitter expressed their disappointment after Lil Nas X dropped his LGBT-themed music video for "Industry Baby."

The provocative music video featured naked Black men twerking in a shower. Their private parts blurred to get past the FCC censors.

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Nas X is the first rapper to feature an all-Black ghey male cast twerking in his music video. Such a spectacle would not have been possible 20 years ago.

Some parents objected to Nas X being promoted to their children. Nas X has a large following of children and adolescents who buy his books and music.

Here's how Black Twitter responded to the music video:
 


 

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Lil Nas X dropped the music video to his latest single titled "Industry Baby" ft. Jack Harlow late Thursday.

Directed by Christian Breslauer, the music video is heavy on LGBT+ imagery, such as inmates dancing naked in the shower. Their private parts are blurred to get the video past the FCC censors.

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In the video, Nas X is sentenced to five years at Montero State prison for being an unrepentant homosexual. Lil Nas X portrays the judge, a lawyer, the district attorney, and one juror.

Harlow makes out with a female in his prison cell before breaking out of prison with Nas X.

Anticipating possible backlash to his LGBT+ agenda, Nas X tweeted:

"saying this in advance so y'all won't blame me. THE INDUSTRY BABY VIDEO IS NOT FOR YOUR KIDS!"

Thanks to Kanye West's production, the song will be in heavy rotation on the radio before fading into obscurity.

If you're not already a Lil Nas X fan, this video won't convert you.
 

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Normani's provocative single "Wild Side" featuring Cardi B is struggling on the Spotify chart.

The single, released on July 16, dropped like a rock out of the Spotify Top 100 and currently sits at No. 147.

"Wild Side" is the lead single off Normani's upcoming untitled debut solo album.

Normani played a stripper in the music video for "WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

Cardi, who is pregnant with her second child, returned the favor by playing a stripper in "Wild Side."

The song contains a sample of Aaliyah's single "One in a Million" (1996).

The video was choreographed by Sean Bankhead who also choreographed Normani's "Motivation."

Normani, 25, is best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony.
 

"Wild Side" featuring Cardi B

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